Phoenix Attractions: Add a Little Adventure to Your Vacation
Phoenix is as well-known for outdoor adventure as it is for boutique shopping
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16721 E. Old Spanish Trail
Vail, AZ 85641
True to its name, Colossal Cave is one of the largest cave systems in the southwestern United States. Expect a fascinating day of history, geology and storytelling as you travel along a half-mile guided path through the cave on this 45-60 minute excursion. Be sure to bring a camera to capture all the impressive rock formations and snap a few lasting memories to show your friends and family. The cave tour is a part of the larger Colossal Cave Mountain Park, which also includes two museums, a horseback riding trail, picnic facilities and more.
Desert Jeep Tours
Venture into the picturesque foothill mountains of the Sonoran desert from the comfort of a fully-loaded jeep. There are numerous jeep tour vendors in the Phoenix area offering guided adventure tours, hiking trips and fascinating ecological excursions that the whole family can enjoy. Nighttime drives and ATV tours are also popular. Our concierge
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Marvel at one of the best-preserved cliff-dwellings in the United States. This 5-story "apartment" carved into the side of the Verde Valley cliff wall was created by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people, northern cousins of Arizona's famous Hohokams. Today, the structure is a preserved national monument. Visitors may walk a one-third mile loop past the structure and through a beautiful sycamore grove. Daily guided programs are also available.
Visit this experimental "City of the Future" designed by architect Paolo Soleri to prove how urban living conditions could be improved with minimal impact on the Earth. As you tour the city, a friendly guide explains the science and art behind the remarkable architecture that gives Arcosanti its distinctive look and energy efficiency.
Arcosanti is located 65 north of Phoenix, off I-17 at exit 262.
Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse
5700 W. North Loop Road
Chandler, AZ 85226
The spirit of the Old West is alive and well at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. This admission-free theme park is styled after a Western town from the 1880's, complete with saloon, hitching posts and town jail. Attractions include a cowboy stunt show, burro rides, desert train, a mechanical bull, rock climbing and much more. In the evenings, Rawhide Steakhouse offers a generous menu of cowboy favorites.
Rawhide Western Town is a terrific choice for a family outing. Check out other great family attractions.
Red Rock State Park
4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336
The famous red rock formations near Sedona, Arizona are a must-see during your trip to Phoenix. Red Rock State Park offers 286 acres of hiking, bird watching and other outdoor excursions, all set against a stunning red sandstone canyon. In addition to the obvious natural charms, Red Rock State Park features a visitors' center, gift shop, educational theater and picnic facilities.
Grand Canyon National Park
Make the highlight of your vacation a day trip to one of the great natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon offers spectacular vistas of multicolored canyon walls, sculpted over millions of years by the Colorado River. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is open year-round and is the primary tourist destination for visitors to Arizona.
The Grand Canyon is approximately a five-hour drive from Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 north to Flagstaff. From there, take Route 180 northwest to the Grand Canyon National Park.
This former mining town on the side of Cleopatra Hill is now a bustling tourist destination known for interesting history and off-the-wall personalities. Jerome is home to a large mining museum as well as several abandoned buildings from the 1800's, which gives the city its reputation as a "ghost town." In addition to exploring the local sights and history, make time to browse the boutique shops and enjoy a nice meal.
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